"... And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;" -- Rudyard Kipling
For you Pairwise lovers, I posted a couple articles about the Pairwise and Bracketology over in the Fun With Numbers thread:
Ohio State drops game one this weekend vs Minnesota-Duluth by a final score of 4-1. I was not able to see the game, so I cannot comment on how it was played, but this has to be the kind of inconsistency that drives a coach nuts (sweep perennial power Minnesota, then get drilled by 5th place UMD). In listening to recent interviews with Coach Nadine, she is looking for consistency and improvement each game out. It does not appear that she got that today. Anyway, not to excuse this one, but it just further proves how tough it is to win on the road in the WCHA ... unless you're Wisconsin, who just keeps rolling along and piling up wins regardless of whether they are home or away. Looking at the box score, one could conclude that the story of the game was UMD goaltender Jessica Convery, who stopped 38 of the 39 Ohio State shots she faced today. Buckeye netminder Kassidy Sauve saved 24 of the 28 shots she faced. The lone Buckeye goal was scored by Tatum Skaggs. The Bulldog goals were scored by Naomi Rogge, Sydney Brodt, Jalyn Elmes, and Katerina Mrazova. The Buckeyes need to come out more focused tomorrow and at least get three points on this trip. They can't really afford not to with Wisconsin coming to Columbus next weekend. The teams are back at it tomorrow at 4:07 pm EST.
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Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
"Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
Timothy A --> Great hockey mind... Or Greatest hockey mind?!?"
I still wish it were possible to have a "Headline News" version of the Pairwise rankings, as they evolve each year. But as I commented earlier, if the verdict is that simplifying = hopelessly misleading, I can accept that.
Well, I didn't expect the Bucks to get swept in Duluth, but that was exactly what happened this weekend. Coach Nadine's quote in the recap indicates that the effort was there again, and the Bucks outshot Duluth for the second game in a row, 34-25, but on the scoreboard where it counts, Ohio State was beaten again, this time by a final score of 2-1. With a series against the Badgers coming up next weekend, this is not a good time to go into a scoring slump. This was one of those disastrous weekends where you just erase the tape and move forward. Let's just get to the box score. As was the case with Friday's game, Tatum Skaggs scored the lone Buckeye goal in the second period. At the time, it gave the Bucks a 1-0 lead, but they would not finish the game the right way, letting in two UMD goals in the third period to allow the Bulldogs to come away from this weekend with two signature wins. Anna Klein scored both UMD goals. Jessica Convery stopped 33 of the 34 shots she faced. Kassidy Sauve saved 23 of the 25 shots she faced. It gets tougher for the Buckeyes next weekend as they will welcome #1 Wisconsin to the OSU Ice Rink. UMD will have a weekday game Wednesday vs St. Cloud, then will play the Minnesota Whitecaps Saturday in an exhibition game.
Pgb, gonna need you to talk me off the ledge again. Actually, after watching the post-game interview with Coach Nadine, she thought we played a great game today and deserved to win. It reminded me of something former men's coach John Markell said after a 3-2 loss to Cornell in the 2005 NCAA Tournament ... I don't remember the exact quote, but I think it was something along the lines of "Hockey can be a cruel game because you can do everything right and still lose." This was only the second time we have been swept in a WCHA series this season. The only other time was in Madison back in November against the #1 Badgers. Another downside to this weekend is Minnesota has now surpassed Ohio State and moved into second place in the WCHA standings. We still have two games in hand on the Gophers, but we obviously need to get the goal-scoring figured out. You don't win games in this league when you only score one goal, and this team has way too much offensive talent to not score goals.
Last edited by Puckdrop14; 01-28-2018 at 08:50 AM.
The Maximum Number of Standings Points That Can Be Earned:
Next, Ohio State's Current Point is 37, With 6 Games Remaining. Therefore:
To Clinch 4th Place, The Buckeyes Need 3 Points (1 Win) In The Next 6 Games.
To Clinch 3rd Place, The Buckeyes Need 6 Points (2 Wins). Or, Simply Beating Bemidji Once Does The Trick.
Unless we lose out, we're going to finish in 3rd Place or better. I will allow that if we finish the regular season with an 8 game losing streak, I'll join you on the ledge and we can jump together.
Finishing 2nd Is Still Very Doable:
To Clinch 2nd Place, The Buckeyes Need 14 of the 18 Points Available.
That sounds more daunting. But there is a more comforting way of looking at this. Both OSU & MN have a series remaining against the Badgers. So the winning formula would be to match the Gophers' results against the Badgers, then win 9 of the 12 available points against Mankato & Bemidji.
Still on the ledge?
Last night OSU Men's Hockey completed a sweep against Michigan. If that doesn't put a smile on your face until next weekend, nothing will!
I would like to see us get that second spot back because I would rather see Minnesota State in the first round of the playoffs than St. Cloud. I do agree that we are not going to fall to 4th. We are going to finish no lower than 3rd, and ultimately, provided we play up to our capabilities, I think we overtake Minnesota for 2nd place. Minnesota only has four league games left and two of them are at Wisconsin.
And lastly, yes, I was aware of the men's season sweep of Michigan! The girls made history vs Minnesota last weekend and I would have to look it up, but I believe the men did this past weekend because I am not sure the men have ever had a season sweep vs Michigan. That was a hot Michigan club, too, that had crept up to third in the standings right behind us, so those were good wins. I shouldn't be spending this much time talking about our men on the women's forum, but they are playing some very good hockey right now.
In case anyone wonders why I am so late with this and what the bleep am I doing posting at 4:00 in the morning, Mrs 86 and I took the opportunity with the girls on the road at Duluth to go up to Toronto and see former Buckeye Danielle Gagne playing for the Toronto Furies of the CWHL. The Furies swept Calgary, which was the first time all season that they had won two games in a row. We were told by a couple people associated with the team that we now had to come up to every home game! So, after getting a bite to eat after the game today (it was a 1:00 start), we headed home and just arrived here not that long ago. I got back on here expecting to be jumped on for my "talk me off the ledge" comment, and honestly, if that would have been the case, I would have said, yeah, I deserved that, but thanks to everyone for dealing with my episodes with the kid gloves! I love this team and I just get a little emotional and feel bad for them when I know they don't perform as well as they wanted to. Well, I gotta get off here. Gotta go catch up on facebook and twitter. Goodnight everyone!
Last edited by osualum86; 01-29-2018 at 04:19 AM.
Meant to add one other thing. I mostly lurk on this thread, but it is fantastic and has been for years. Keep it up, and no one jump off any ledges.
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